Week of July 13th, 2018
Meet Chicago’s own comedian to watch—Anthony Bonazzo.
Q: What inspired you to start stand-up comedy?
A: I am one of eight kids so I was already performing at the dinner table growing up. I did impres-sions of family members, and we all just made fun of each other. You sort of had to fight for atten-tion with that many kids around. I did improv for about five years and did well, but then sort of fell into stand-up when I did an amateur stand-up night and did really well.
Q: Describe your first performance?
A: I was nervous and waited as long as I could to book it. Like literally the night before. I barely slept that night. I had never done an open mic or been on stage. Except maybe in Catholic school as one of the Wise Men. It was at The Richmond Funny Bone. I did a handful of jokes most of them landed and then I’m pretty sure I passed out on the ride home from all the adrenaline.
Q: Do you have “pre-show” rituals? If so, what are they?
A: I like to eat a healthy meal that usually I cook while I work on my set and have an episode of Seinfeld on in the background for inspiration/motivation.
Q: Where in the world is your favorite place to perform stand-up? Why is this your favorite place?
A: Well, I haven’t performed internationally but I love the Midwest. And I always have fun when-ever I’ve done shows in LA.
Q: What shows, podcasts, blogs do you produce or co-produce?
A: I run an open mic on the B-Stage at The Comedy Bar every Thursday and I’m about to start a podcast with my best friend who lives in LA where we talk about comedy and social issues.
Q: What are three of your favorite things?
A: Working out, pizza, and coffee.
Q: What is your favorite sammich?
A: I don’t eat bread really but if I had to choose I’d say chicken parm or a Reuben on St. Patrick’s day are pretty amazing.
Q: What’s one thing people assume about you, that is or isn’t true?
A: That I’m serious and reserved. I did enough drugs and damage to my body in high school to outdo everyone in the scene. Or that I’m stand offish/rude. I’m from NJ so I tend to speak my mind. A lot of people mistake that for being rude.
Q: If you weren’t a comic, what other job would you love to do?
A: I am also a personal trainer so I would just do that more. I am also looking to get certified to teach Yoga and I just started studying Kung Fu.
Q: What are some comedy goals/dreams you have on your To Do List?
A: To be able to tour and make a living doing comedy so I don’t have to rely on any other job. Or get hired as a writer on a Late Night Show or for The Onion. Or like everyone who moved to Chicago: Get hired by SNL.
Q: What quality, trait &/or body part do you really like about your-self?
A: Hmmm…my arms?
Q: What’s one thing you wish more people knew about you? [or anything else you’d like mentioned, ie your education, personal life or mission statement]
A: That I’m fun and I care about the scene and helping people.
Q: How will you know you “Made It?”
A: I think I already have. I’m working at every club in the city, and I am expanding to different cities. “Making it” is so subjective, but maybe when I land a Late Night spot then it will be official.
- 7.18.2018: “Wednesday Night Laughs” – Goodfellas in Cedar Lake, IN
- 7.19.2018: Hosting B-Stage Mic – The Comedy Bar
- 7.21.2018: “The Nasty Show” – Laugh Factory